GOALClosing Date : 2020-01-24
Duty Station : Dublin, Ireland
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Organization: GOAL
Country: Ireland
Closing date: 24 Jan 2020

The Senior Humanitarian Advisors (SHAs) are a part of GOAL s Emergency Response Unit led by the Head of the Emergency Response (ERU). The ERU provides overall leadership and guidance to increase GOAL s capacity to respond to rapid onset disasters and support with the ongoing complex emergencies and fragile settings. Particularly, the ERU will help in the preparedness of GOAL s country offices and HQ, guide the strategic positioning within the humanitarian sector and is ready to deploy to new emergencies to set-up GOAL s first phase response. The unit comprises of the Head of the Emergency Response and 3 SHAs that work closely with the other departments across GOAL. Members of the ERU are part of the first response team that can deploy in a rapid onset disaster or lead new entry into a protracted crisis.

General Description of the Role

The primary function of the Senior Humanitarian Advisor (SHA) for Emergency Response Preparedness is to lead the Emergency Preparedness and Response Planning process at HQ and country level and make Preparedness Plans fit for purpose and test and refine these through simulations and after-action reviews to ensure that GOAL can effectively respond to crises. The role will involve approximately 50% travel and may be based in Ireland or overseas.

Main Objectives of the Position:

To support the effective preparatory action, planning, design, management and monitoring of GOAL s emergency response preparedness; specifically:

Support GOAL country offices in their emergency preparedness planning through training and advice on Emergency Preparedness and Response PlanningGive technical input and support to ensure that Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans are fit for purpose and operationalOrganize and help leading simulation exercises including all relevant stakeholders to test and operationalize the Emergency Preparedness and Response PlansEnsure that emergency response programme planning and implementation is in line with GOAL s standards, ensuring donor compliance and accountability to beneficiaries, donors and other stakeholders.Conduct after-action reviews that help to improve the Emergency Preparedness and Response PlansCreate and lead a Community of Practice (or internal working group) within GOAL to share learnings and best practices among county programs.Help identify and develop partnerships with other organizations that can complement and enhance GOAL s preparedness and engagement with the localisation agendaServe as Emergency Coordinators during a first response to sudden onset humanitarian emergencies in new or existing country programmes.Gap fill as required for vacant senior managerial positions within GOAL s existing humanitarian and emergency programmes.Support preparedness for and delivery of market sensitive and emergency cash transfer response actions.

Personal specifications:


Minimum of ten years of international experience in implementing humanitarian programmesAt least four years of experience in institutional strengthening for Emergency Preparedness or Contingency Planning with an INGO or Civil Defence/National Risk Management AgencyNotable experience of deploying in response to rapid and slow onset emergencies, including in an emergency response team lead role.Strong evidence of good interpersonal and communication skill and positive can do attitude.Highly flexible and organised, able to manage multiple, simultaneous demands and willing to take on new tasks (potentially involving travel) on an ad hoc basis.Be able to work both on one s own initiative and as part of a team in a high-pressure environment while adhering to deadlines.Fluency in English and one other language including excellent verbal and written skills.


Certification as an instructor/trainer in disaster preparedness.Experience as a trainer and facilitator in disaster preparedness.Experience working with or in collaboration with Civil Defence Agencies.Strong understanding of the humanitarian agenda and localisation agenda and experience of engaging and working with local partners, ideally including the development of strategy partnerships for emergency response.Strong knowledge of Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience.Experience of engaging with the cluster coordination systems and key international humanitarian networks.

Our package includes a competitive salary, 22 days annual leave and the possibility to join our Health care scheme. Additional benefits are available after 12 months of service.

About GOAL

Established in 1977, GOAL is an international humanitarian agency, with a team of 2,400 personnel, dedicated to alleviating the needs of the most vulnerable communities. Currently operating in 13 of the world s most vulnerable countries, GOAL delivers a wide range of humanitarian and development programmes, ranging from humanitarian relief in disaster situations, to focusing on nutrition, food security, and building greater resilience and sustainable livelihoods.
GOAL has an annual budget of an estimated 100 million and is supported by a range of donors including the Governments of Ireland, UK, USA, the European Union, individuals, trusts and foundations. GOAL values the power of partnership and works with local and international partners to achieve its mission.

Accountability within GOAL

A commitment to GOAL values and GOAL s integrity framework is critical to working with GOAL. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability:

Comply with GOAL s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols.
Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area.
Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.


Children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with GOAL as a result of our activities must be safeguarded to the maximum possible extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.

General Terms and Conditions

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document.

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